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Turkey, Qatar ink deal to boost trade; shots fired at US embassy

ISTANBUL: Turkey and Qatar have signed a swap deal to facilitate trade between the two allies as the Turkish currency is battered by a deepening spat with Washington, the Turkish…

Pilgrims seek forgiveness on Mount Arafat in hajj climax

More than 2 million faithful have gathered for five-day ritual MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia: A sea of pilgrims ascended Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia yesterday to pray and repent, the…

Israel and US call on Europe to pressure Iran; Nuke row rages

Iran’s foreign minister says US has ‘addiction to sanctions’ JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser met in Jerusalem yesterday and called on…

For some Egyptians, camels make a bigger and better Eid sacrifice

Muslims often slaughter sheep at the annual Eid Al-Adha “feast of the sacrifice” which falls next week, but some Egyptians are thinking bigger. Wealthier customers are flocking to the Birqash…

Iran announces new fighter jet, missile upgrades

TEHRAN: Iran will unveil this week a new jet fighter and upgrade its missile defenses to meet threats from Israel and the US, Tasnim news agency said yesterday quoting the…

Gaza crossing shut down after border violence

JERUSALEM: Israel closed yesterday its only crossing for people with the Gaza Strip except for humanitarian cases after weekend border clashes, the latest tightening of its blockade on the Palestinian…

Baghdad gun shops thrive after a rethink on control

Shop owner sees increasing demand from women BAGHDAD: In the middle of Baghdad’s busy commercial neighborhood of Karrada, where most retail outlets sell home appliances, shoppers can now also buy…

US missionary at the centre of Turkey-US crisis

IZMIR: When Andrew Brunson saw a police summons on his door in late summer 2016, the US evangelical pastor thought it was a routine appointment to sort out his residency…

Iran: No OPEC member can take over its share

Tehran seeks OPEC’s support against US sanctions LONDON: Iran told OPEC yesterday no member country should be allowed to take over another member’s share of oil exports, expressing Tehran’s concern…

Erdogan declares Turkey will not be cowed by US

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared yesterday that his country would not be cowed by the United States, his latest broadside in the bitter feud between Ankara and Washington.…

Pilgrims flock to Mecca ahead of hajj

Saudi Arabia stakes reputation on maintaining peaceful hajj MECCA: Hisham Mostafa briefly forgot the war in Syria and his financial worries as he looked upon Islam’s holiest sites for the…

Qatar accuses Saudis of barring hajj Pilgrims,

RIYADH: Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of barring its citizens from this year’s hajj, something Riyadh denies, saying a diplomatic dispute is not stopping Qataris from making the pilgrimage to…

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